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South AFRICA - Diverse n' Cultural

The diversity of South AFRICA

The Country

Black-maned lions framed against Kalahari dunes; powdery beaches lapped by two oceans; star-studded desert skies; jagged, lush mountains – this truly is a country of astounding diversity. To visit South Africa without learning about its tumultuous history is to miss a crucial part of the country's identity. Museum visits, many of which include exhibits on the apartheid era, might not be lighthearted but will help you to understand the very fabric of South African society and to appreciate how far the country has come. Continue your history lesson with a visit to one of the townships, taking time to chat to locals and to learn that despite a heart-wrenching past, there is great pride here, and an immense sense of promise for the future.

 

 

Wildlife

South Africa is one of the continent's best safari destinations, offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino) and more inaccessible parks and reserves. You can drive right into the epic wilderness at Kruger, Kgalagadi, and other parks, or join khaki-clad rangers on guided drives and walks. But it's not all about big game sightings – wildlife watching here also teaches you to enjoy the little things: a leopard tortoise ambling alongside the road, a go-away bird chirping its distinctive chant in the trees, or on the coast, an encounter with seals, whales or a great white shark.

 

Outdoor Adventure

South Africa's ever-changing scenery is the perfect canvas on which to paint an activity-packed trip. Try rock-climbing in the craggy Cederberg, surfing off the Eastern Cape coast, abseiling from Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain or bungee jumping from a Garden Route bridge. If adrenaline sports aren't your thing, opt instead for a hike: options include multi-day treks through wildlife reserves, dusty day walks in the semi-desert Karoo, catered "slackpacking" trails along the Cape coast or an overnight hike into the sometimes snow-capped peaks of the Drakensberg.

 

 

Food & Drink

Perhaps nowhere is the diversity of South Africa better represented than on its menus. Sample traditional samp and beans in Limpopo; enjoy hearty Afrikaner stews in the hinterland; tuck into spicy, Indian-style curries in Durban; graze on seafood along the coast to Cape Town, then take your pick of the bistros, cafes and top-notch restaurants that make this a fine city for foodies. Not far away, the Winelands region offers delectable restaurants with wines to match. And don't miss out on Cape Malay cuisine – a marriage of cultures and flavors that perhaps best sums up South Africa.

 

 

Why I Love South Africa

My itchy feet had kept me country-hopping for years – then I visited South Africa. There's something about the rainbow nation that just grabs hold and won’t let go. Travelling the nine provinces never gets tired, and it’s all about diversity – cultures from Africa, Asia, and Europe sharing their traditions, languages and cuisines; encounters with creatures from dung beetles to white rhinos; accommodation options from rustic cabins to deluxe hotels and above all, a constantly changing landscape in which to enjoy it all. Land on South African shores, and it might just grab hold of you, too.

 

 

Courtesy of Lucy Corne, Writer, Traveller

SOUTH AFRICA Adventure


From only $3,588 based on twin sharing - including airfares

Inclusions:

• Roundtrip airfare via Emirates.
• Domestic flight from JNB - CPT
• 3-4 Star hotel 
accom. in standard rooms 
• Daily breakfast / 1 Lunch & 2 dinners

  • Meet and Greet at the Airport

• Full day “Cape Peninsula” & a half-day “Mother City” Tour in Cape Town 
• All transfers & sightseeing is on 
• Day visit to Congo Caves and Wildlife RanchOstrich Farm and a cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon.
• All entrance fees as per the itinerary 
• Full day Game drive in Kruger 
• A guided tour to Gold Reef City

 

 

PROPOSED ITINERARY:

( Dates will change upon Booking )


Day 1 

DEPART MANILA - JOHANNESBURG 
Depart Manila, aboard your favorite airline, enjoy amenities meals and entertainment.


Day 2

JOHANNESBURG 
Arrival in Johannesburg. Border procedures after which our transfer unit will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Rest of the day free.


Day 3

JOHANNESBURG -MPUMALANGA -KRUGER 
Breakfast. An early departure for Kruger National Park via MPUMALANGA, a region to the north-east of South Africa with some of the most fascinating natural marvels of the world and therefore one of the areas of the country in most demand. This region also has a large historical diversity of countryside and fauna and undoubtedly one of the most refined retirement areas. We will visit places of impressive beauty such as Bourke´s Luck Potholes in the Blyde River Canyon (visits subject to time and weather). Arrival in the afternoon in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK just in time to freshen up before dinner. Dinner included and accommodation.


Day 4 

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast. Full day’s SAFARI in the Kruger National Park in open 4X4. It is one of the most famous natural parks in the world and appears as one of the largest in southern Africa and one of the oldest of the continent, now with almost a century of history. Here you can see the five Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinoceroses), and also cheetahs, giraffes, hippopotamuses and all kinds of antelopes and small animals. The park has an extension of 350 Km2 and is on the border with Mozambique. Around 2000 km of roads criss-cross it. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Dinner included and accommodation. Note: The hotel will provide picnic boxes with breakfast as the estimated departure for this activity is 5:30 AM (approximately). We stop at one of the camps in the park where passengers can choose between eating in a restaurant or in a cafeteria. You can’t leave the roads in the Kruger National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Day 5 

KRUGER - JOHANNESBURG - CAPE TOWN 
Departure by road for PRETORIA, the administrative capital of South Africa and the center of various higher education institutions. Panoramic tour of this city with wide boulevards lined with jacarandas. We will see “Church Square”, the central axis of the city, and consider the building where the presidential offices are which Nelson Mandela occupied during his presidency in the “Union Buildings”. This is a masterpiece by the British architect Herbert Baker, who designed many of the public buildings in this country (the visit does not include entrance to the monuments, which will be seen along the route). Arrival in Johannesburg and transfer to the airport to leave Cape Town (flight included, recommended departure time of 7 PM). Arrival in CAPE TOWN and transfer to the hotel with a Spanish-speaking guide/driver. Accommodation.


Day 6 

CAPE TOWN 
We include an Excursion to the Cape Peninsula one of the most spectacular routes with one of the Floral Kingdoms of the World and the Cape Fauna along the peninsula coastline, with an opportunity to take photographs. You will also have the chance to see where the two main currents that give temperature to two of the oceans of our planet that project come together. The first stop will be at “Hout Bay” where you will go on a boat to do a miniature cruise to an island inhabited by a colony of seals, passing Chapman’s Peak (if weather conditions allow) and will then go on to visit the Good Hope Nature Reserve, where you will see the Cape of Good Hope and then have the chance to take the cable car (the cost of the cable car is NOT included) to go up to the ancient lighthouse and enjoy one of the views of the famous False Bay. You will also visit Simon’s Town, which is the general headquarters of the South African Navy, and where there is the famous colony of African penguins, an endangered species. On the way to the hotel, time allowing, you will be able to enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Lunch included. Return to the hotel and accommodation.


Day 7

CAPE TOWN 
Free day to get to know the city under your own steam. Weather permitting, we advise you to get on the chairlift to Table Mountain where you will have the chance to see the marvelous views of the city and of the bay. Don’t miss interesting places like the picturesque Bo Kaap district, St George’s Cathedral, the Company’s Garden, the Grand Parade, the former City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope.


Day 8 

CAPE TOWN - OUDTSHOORN 
We leave Cape Town in the morning to start the tour of the GARDEN ROUTE, a tourist jewel of the country. You will travel via Worcester and Montagu on the R 62 towards OUDTSHOORN, a village which is historically related to ostrich breeding, an animal that was about to become extinct due to its massive hunting for the use of its feathers as decoration in the courts of Europe. In the 19th century, ostrich farms began to appear, around which a wealthy society began to form, whose reflection can be seen in the opulent stone palaces. On the way, you will visit the CANGO CAVES, one of Africa’s natural marvels, famous for its fascinating calcite caves forming an amazing underground world of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as a ‘frozen waterfall’. You will enjoy a light lunch included followed by an entertaining tour of an ostrich farm before being transferred to your hotel.


Day 9

OUDTSHOORN -KNYSNA 
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure for Tsitsikamma Natural Reserve, the largest protected marine area in the world, although it also includes some forests. Here we can see monkeys and antelopes, while the waters provide us with otters, seals, and dolphins. We go on our way towards KNYSNA, a beautiful town on the banks of a lagoon which opens up between two large stone cliffs, one of the jewels of the Garden Route. Accommodation.


Day 10 

KNYSNA - CAPE TOWN - MANILA
Breakfast in the hotel. Return to Cape Town via the fishing village of HERMANUS, where we can see the whales.
Arrival at the Airport in Cape Town at approximately 5:30 PM. 


Day 11

ARRIVE– MANILA
Arrived Manila from a very memorable and enjoyable trip

 

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